# Re: [R] Generating groupings of ordered observations

From: Charles C. Berry <cberry_at_tajo.ucsd.edu>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 11:30:33 -0700

> Dear List,
>
> I have a problem I'm finding it difficult to make headway with.
>
> Say I have 6 ordered observations, and I want to find all combinations
> of splitting these 6 ordered observations in g groups, where g = 1, ...,
> 6. Groups can only be formed by adjacent observations, so observations 1
> and 4 can't be in a group on their own, only if 1,2,3&4 are all in the
> group.
>

Right. And in the example below there are 32 distinct patterns.

Which arises from sum( choose( 5, 0:5 ) ) different placements of 0:5 split positions.

You can represent the splits as a binary number with n-1 bits: 00000 implies no splits, 10000 implies a split between 1 and 2, 10100 implies splits between 1 and 2 and between 3 and 4, et cetera.

So, 32 arises as 2^5, too.

Something like this:

Getting this in the same column order as your example is left as an exercise for the reader.

HTH, Chuck

> For example, with 6 observations, the columns of the matrices below
> represent the groups that can be formed by placing the 6 ordered
> observations into 2-5 groups. Think of the columns of these matrices as
> being an indicator of group membership. We then cbind these matrices
> with the trivial partitions into 1 and 6 groups:
>
> mat2g <- matrix(c(1,1,1,1,1,
> 2,1,1,1,1,
> 2,2,1,1,1,
> 2,2,2,1,1,
> 2,2,2,2,1,
> 2,2,2,2,2),
> nrow = 6, ncol = 5, byrow = TRUE)
>
> mat3g <- matrix(c(1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,
> 2,2,2,2,1,1,1,1,1,1,
> 3,2,2,2,2,2,2,1,1,1,
> 3,3,2,2,3,2,2,2,2,1,
> 3,3,3,2,3,3,2,3,2,2,
> 3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3,3),
> nrow = 6, ncol = 10, byrow = TRUE)
>
> mat4g <- matrix(c(1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,
> 2,2,2,2,2,2,1,1,1,1,
> 3,3,3,2,2,2,2,2,2,1,
> 4,3,3,3,3,2,3,3,2,2,
> 4,4,3,4,3,3,4,3,3,3,
> 4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4,4),
> nrow = 6, ncol = 10, byrow = TRUE)
>
> mat5g <- matrix(c(1,1,1,1,1,
> 2,2,2,2,1,
> 3,3,3,2,2,
> 4,4,3,3,3,
> 5,4,4,4,4,
> 5,5,5,5,5),
> nrow = 6, ncol = 5, byrow = TRUE)
>
> cbind(rep(1,6), mat2g, mat3g, mat4g, mat5g, 1:6)
>
> I'd like to be able to do this automagically, for any (reasonable,
> small, say n = 10-20) number of observations, n, and for g = 1, ..., n
> groups.
>
> I can't see the pattern here or a way forward. Can anyone suggest an
> approach?
>
>
> Gavin
>
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